Monday, November 16, 2009

Baking Snake

I saw this adorable "Snake Bread" recipe on Paula Deen and thought it way too cute not to try.
So, Friday eve, when I had some grands it was the perfect time to try it.
Ingredients are:
lunch meat, cheese, mustard, crescent roll dough, and egg, and a little dusting flour

Here are my big helpers, grand David and LauraJune in front;
Kobe, who I babysit, in back.
They are excited about the paintbrushes and the flour:)
{This is when LauraJune noticed I was taking pictures and quit smiling. She also took her ponytails down, so she has a cool hairthing going.}
I gathered the ingredients, and floured my island.
Oh, the fun they had painting with the flour. :)
Fun, fun, fun.

Then we spread out the crescent dough of two small cans, and patted all the triangles together to make one solid sheet.
I decided this needed to be done on a movable flat service to be able to move it if I needed AWAY from my helpers.
We painted on mustard.

(Notice Kobe's face??? Big mouth full of mustard:)
Next, we put a layer of lunch meat.
Next time I'll put more on.
Of course, we needed a taste test of the ham.
It passed inspection:)

Sprinkled some cheese.
(Another taste test:)

Roll it up, and paint with colored egg wash.

Then we popped it into the oven.
Make sure you turn on the oven light to really enjoy the view of your Snake baking:)
(Kobe's mom came, so he had snake the next day for lunch)

Ta Da!!!

Look how intense they are!!!
So excited about the carving of the snake...

Actually they were more excited about the grapes we had with the snake!
Snake eggs maybe???

They even folded their little arms to hurry up the prayer:)

We put grapes on for the eyes.
Because it was crescent bread it was really rich.
Next time I'm going to try a pizza dough, more lunch meat and not so much mustard.
I'm thinking this could also be done in a cinnamon roll way for a sweet snake.
Hubby said it looked more like a worm.
Either way, mmmmmmmmmmm, delish!!!


  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 4 tablespoons spicy mustard
  • 10 ounces thinly sliced ham
  • 10 ounces thinly sliced salami
  • 10 ounces bologna
  • 12 ounces Monterey Jack, grated
  • Liquid food coloring
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 whole cloves
  • Toothpicks
  • 2 small pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1 (1-inch) strips jarred roasted red peppers


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with foil. Grease the foil and set aside.

Dust a flat surface lightly with flour. Spread out the crescent dough — do not separate. Pinch together the seams so that you have 1 piece of dough. Roll out to make a large rectangle. Make sure the dough is not stuck to the surface at all.

Brush the dough with the mustard, leaving a 1-inch border. Layer the meats down the center of the rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border on either end. You can feel free to use your favorite cold cuts.

Top the meats with the cheese. Fold 1 side of the dough over the filling, lengthwise. Then, fold the other 1/2 over and press the seal the filling inside. Take 1 egg yolk, and beat lightly with a fork. Brush the egg yolk over the top of the dough. The yolk will act as the glue to hold. Fold the dough in 1/2 again lengthwise. Pinch the seam with your fingers to seal. Press the outside of the dough to make sure everything is sealed tight and to make an even thickness for the body of your snake. Taper 1 end of the dough to form a tail shape. Form the other end into a head shape.

Beat the 2 remaining egg yolks together. Transfer to 3 separate small bowls. Add some food coloring to each bowl — whatever colors you like! Using a clean paintbrush, "paint" the snake with the egg yolk/food coloring mixture.

Transfer the snake to the foil lined sheet tray. Form into an "s" shape so it looks like the snake is slithering. Insert 2 cloves into the head to look like nostrils and 2 stuffed olives for eyes. Create a mouth or tongue with the roasted red peppers. Bake the snake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

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Grammy said...

That is awesome. I love the grape eyes. They did an amazing job helping. I make pizza roll ups like that. using bread dough, tomato past and meat & cheese. session with Italian. I cut slits in it to vent. yummy I'm hungry.

Darla said...

Love this...I don't care what you put on it, there is NO sweet

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

That's so cute! Looks like a lot of fun.

ladyviral said...

That is absolutely amazing~ good to go with the kids I see :).

Looks like a lot of food tester was happening that day haha.

Sadly I don't have an oven at home... and well, I am not much of a cook too haha.

will think about it next time maybe in the future when I permanently move in with my husband :).

TBM said...

That looks so fun! I am so impressed those cuties ate something with mustard on it. They have very mature palates :-)

Doing this as a sweet roll is a good idea. I wonder if it would be good as a pizza roll? Hmmm. May need to try that!

Grammy said...

Hi Carla the scull is Jeremy's brain slime from the other day. When he play the mad scientist. It was in the kit.

MidwestMom said...

That looks like a fun thing to do with my kidlets :-)

4 Lettre Words said...

What an AMAZING Grandmother!!! I love it...especially since it has mustard. :o)

Sarah said...

What a fun idea, my son would love this! Pizza dough is a good thought, I might even use pizza sauce...

I bet a sweet version would be a big success too.

Angela @ Nine More Months said...

Yum! And what a great project for little helpers!

Melissa B. said...

Oh, Yummy! My Peeps are coming home for Thanksgiving, so I think I'll give this recipe a spin...

modern pendant light said...

Looks like fun!

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

I've done this before but not the snake form. This is a great project to share with the grannies when I have another Camp Grandma. Thanks, I love the snake!

Ya'll have yourself one fantastically blessed day!!!

Rhonda said...

I LOVE THIS! Thanks for the step by step, with pictures! That always helps. Good luck at the HM carnival. I'd vote for ya! :)

TJ said...

My kids would have so much fun with this! Thanks for sharing.